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Research and Markets Announces Availability of Advances in Lithium Battery Technologies Report

Published on January 17, 2009 at 6:10 PM

Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "4th Annual Lithium Mobile Power 2008 - Advances in Lithium Battery Technologies for Mobile Applications Conference Documentation" report to its offerings.

In a release, Research and Markets said that report highlights include:

Contents of the documentation

The Changing Field of Li-Ion Batteries Ralph J. Brodd, PhD, President, Broddarp of Nevada. Since its introduction in 1991, Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) batteries have constituted a dynamic field of research, development and production. It currently is in the process of reinventing itself with a new chemistry base as well as developing a new market for powering portable tools and electric vehicles. The discussion will include a review of the new electrode materials and cell constructions as well as market directions. The market for electric vehicles alone will dominate the technology and markets by 2015. Finally, safety must be accepted as a given quality for the success of Li-Ion batteries. Shipping restrictions and the reasons for them will be discussed.

Anode / Carbon / Nanotechnology

Primary vs. Rechargeable Lithium Batteries for Mobile Applications Rachid Yazami, PhD, Director, CNRS-CalTech International Laboratory on Materials for Electrochemical Energetics, California Institute of Technology most primary lithium batteries have higher energy density and longer shelf-life than rechargeable lithium-ion batteries. In fact metallic lithium anode has the highest specific capacity and the lowest operating voltage compared to any anode material in rechargeable batteries. Many applications do not require charging the battery; instead they require instant readiness of the power source. Power density is where rechargeable batteries find their main advantage compared to primaries. Materials science offers more and more opportunities to design cathode materials with fast kinetics, in particular by using nanostructured materials. Recently we've developed a new family of fluorinated carbon materials using carbon multiwalled nanotubes as the starting material. A combination of controlled fluorination yield and cathode engineering made it possible to discharge primary lithium cells at rates as high as 100C and operate them at temperatures between -60 degrees C and 160 degrees C, which is beyond the operation limits of rechargeable lithium batteries.

Prospects of Carbon Nanotubes for Lithium Ion Batteries Brian J. Landi, PhD, Research Scientist, NanoPower Research Labs, Golisano Institute for Sustainability, Rochester Institute of Technology Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) are a candidate material for use in lithium ion batteries due to conductivity (electrical and thermal), nanoscale porosity, and for lithium ion storage as an anode. The ability to fabricate CNT electrode papers independent of binder or metal foil substrates can increase the useable anode specific capacity by up to 10x. The potential role of incorporating CNTs into batteries as a conductive additive or active material support on either electrode will also be discussed.

Protected Lithium Electrodes (PLEs) as Universal Anodes for Ultra-High Energy Density Batteries and Drug Delivery Systems Steven J. Visco, PhD, Vice President of Research, PolyPlus Battery Company Domestic and international programs focused on the shift from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources highlight the need for advanced battery chemistries. The introduction of Li-ion batteries in the early 1990's was a major advance in energy storage, but still does not meet the demands imposed by plug-in hybrid or all-electric vehicle technology. In order to achieve multiples of 2 or 3 in energy density, new battery technologies need to be developed. The invention of the protected lithium electrode (PLE) allows exploration of ultra-high energy density chemistries including rechargeable Li/Air, and remarkably, the development of drug delivery systems. In collaboration with: E. Nimon, B. Katz, M.-Y. Chu, and Lutgard C. De Jonghe

Advanced Silicon Anode Technology for High Performance Li-Ion Batteries Kiyotaka Yasuda, General Manager, SILX System Project Team, Corporate Technology Center, Mitsui Mining & Smelting, Japan Mitsui has developed a new platform technology of silicon-base electrode (SILX) and its system, used for lithium ion batteries having high capacity along with sufficient cycle life. SILX has a network-structure composed of silicon and copper with proper internal space to accommodate electrolyte and also relieve the volume change during charge and discharge cycling. The most advantageous characteristic of this technology is the rate performance, especially at lower temperatures, which addresses key challenges in HEV and EV applications.

Development of Thermally Stable Anode Graphites for High Power Lithium Ion Batteries Bharat S. Chahar, PhD, PE, Product Manager, CPreme Energy Storage Materials, ConocoPhillips Company Based on 50 years of experience in converting heavy hydrocarbons to value added carbons, ConocoPhillips has developed CPreme graphite anode materials for high performance Li-ion batteries (LI-B). These materials were developed specifically to address the challenging needs of Li-B in automotive and other high-power applications. Extensive evaluations by customers and other third-party labs show that CPreme graphites provide a combination of power, energy capacity, long cycle life and safety. This presentation will provide details behind the technology platform used in making CPreme graphites. Examples of how CPreme graphites can help the LiB manufacturers meet the difficult requirements of future automobiles will be discussed.

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